Vohra Likely To Get 3rd Extension As J&K Governor  

SRINAGAR — On June 28, the second term of N N Vohra, Governor of the State, ends. However, he is likely to get the second extension 

Reports said that though some months back an exercise was initiated by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to find a replacement to Vohra, there was no consensus on any particular name.  Reports quoting sources said that with parliamentary elections due in 2019, government of India doesn’t want to disturb the political balance in the State by appointing a new successor as this would have severe implications on national map. 

Another important factor is that the Governor also happens to be Chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board and the Yatra is going to start from June 28, reports said

Vohra’s second stint as Governor will come to end on June 28 and is likely to get full extension for five years as there was no provision in the Constitution for a lesser term.

N N Vohra, who is actually a Punjab cadre IAS officer has been the Governor of the State since 2008, is recipient of the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award and had held several responsible positions under the State and Central Governments (1959-1994). During his bureaucratic tenure, Vohra had also served as Union Home Secretary and Defence Secretary.

On June 25, 2013 he was given an extension of five years after expiry of his first term.

He is the first civilian Governor of the State in 18 years after Jagmohan and had also served as Principal Secretary to former Prime Minister, I K Gujral in 1997-98. He was also member of the National Security Advisory Board from 1998 to 2001, when the NDA Government was in power. He also headed National Task Force on internal security and had co-chaired the India-European Union Round Table in 2001.

In a related development, Governor N N Vohra yesterday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh for half-an hour and the duo discussed the prevailing situation in the State, after Centre had suspended operations against militants during Ramzan, which started from May 17.

Vohra and Singh had extensive discussion regarding the crucial importance of maintaining peace and normalcy in the State. They also discussed impact of ceasefire in Kashmir valley and several initiatives taken by the Centre’s Representative Dineshwar Sharma, who had also recently visited Valley on May 23 to assess the ground situation after suspension of operations and met several delegations.

The situations along the International Border (IB) after the decision of DGMOs’ of two countries to strictly implement the ceasefire and repeated infiltration attempts along the Line of Control (LoC) also came up for discussion.



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